English Common Errors: an –English Editing

Before a word beginning with h, use a if the h is pronounced: ‘a house’, ‘a half’, ‘a horrible day’. Use an if the h is silent: ‘an hour’, ‘an honour’. If the h is pronounced but the syllable is unstressed, it is possible to use a or an (‘a/an hotel’). However, the use of an here is considered old fashioned and most people use a.

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